Angela Schwartz, born in the United States, graduated with highest distinction from the University of Michigan School of Music and continued her studies at the Northwest German Music Academy with André Navarra. She subsequently coached privately with Pierre Fournier in Geneva. She was a prizewinner in the Cassadò, Tschaikowsky and Geneva Competitions, after which she appeared as soloist with Pierre Boulez, Moshe Atzmon und Armin Jordan. She has made numerous cds and radio recordings in Europe and the USA.
Angela Schwartz was principal cellist of the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra and the Basel Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the Berne String Quartet, she received the German Music Critics’ Prize for the complete recording of Max Reger’s string quartets. She concertized regularly in Europe and the USA with her duo partner of many years, Jacob Leuschner.
She has been particularly involved with contemporary music, appearing in many festivals for new music. She was also a member of the Musikfabrik Nordrhein-Westfalen, an ensemble devoted to new directions in music. As director of the Ensemble „Brücken“, she organized a concert series in Basel which juxtaposed old and new, well-known and less-known works.
Since completing the training course for teachers of the Alexander Technique in 2001, she has been director of various courses in the Technique at the Musik-Kurswochen Arosa and the Musikakademie der Stadt Basel, also creating continuing education courses for music teachers. In addition, she has given workshops for cello pedagogy classes at the Music Hochschule in Basel and has been an adjunct teacher at the Institute for F. M. Alexander-Technique in Basel, with an emphasis on such subjects “Alexander Technique für Musicians”. She currently teaches Alexander Technique at the Musikakademie der Stadt Basel and AZAT, the Educational Center for the Alexander Technique in Zürich.